Personalities | (Dame) Joan Sutherland | Contemporary | Classical

Australian soprano

Sutherland studied in Sydney and sang in public there before travelling to London for further study at the Royal College of Music. She joined the Covent Garden company in 1952 and sang many roles, including Jenifer in the premiere of Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage. Her performance as Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor under Serafin in 1959 launched her career as an international star in the bel canto repertory, with debuts in the role at Paris (1960), La Scala (1961) and the Metropolitan Opera (1961). In the 1960s and 70s she performed and recorded many Donizetti and Bellini roles, usually conducted by her husband, Richard Bonynge.

Introduction | Contemporary | Classical
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